December 20, 2019
In the wake of City Manager Jim McCann’s announcement of his retirement earlier this year, the Mill Valley City Council has announced that Mill Valley Police Chief Alan Piombo will serve in the City’s lead role on an interim basis, and guide the City through its transition between permanent City Managers.
Announcing the appointment, Mayor Jim Wickham praised Chief Piombo for his demonstrated leadership and extensive professional experience. “We have been very impressed with Alan’s expertise and many achievements throughout his career in public service,” he said. “We are confident that he will provide excellent management through this time of transition for the City.”
Chief Piombo has over 28 years of experience serving local communities, starting in San Rafael in 1991 where he steadily rose through the ranks and served for ten years as a lieutenant. Since coming to the City of Mill Valley in February 2019, he has implemented several new initiatives. These include the inaugural Youth Advisory Committee, increased presence in the community in-person and via social media, enhanced personnel development, and the acquisition of new equipment/technology to aid in investigations and patrols.
“I have been very pleased to work with someone as qualified and talented as Chief Piombo,” said City Manager McCann. “He has proven to be an excellent fit for the Mill Valley community and we are certain he will be able to help Council effect a seamless and successful transition.”
Chief Piombo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga. Chief Piombo is a native of the North Bay, having been raised and attended local schools in Cotati. He now resides in Rohnert Park with his wife Gretchen and their five children.
“I am proud of the strong connections we have made within our community at the Police Department, and I look forward to this opportunity to work with our City Council, staff, and the community to continue to provide excellent City services to Mill Valley,” Piombo said.
Lieutenant Lindsay Haynes, a 15-year veteran of the Mill Valley Police Department, will serve as Acting Police Captain and will manage day-to-day Police Department activities while Piombo takes on his acting city manager duties. Over the next month, Piombo will work with McCann to ensure a smooth transition.
City Manager Recruitment Process
The City Council has initiated the City Manager recruitment process, and has hired Ralph Anderson Associates, an executive recruitment firm, to conduct a nationwide search for qualified candidates, a process that is estimated to take 5-6 months. At a recent City Council meeting on the subject of the recruitment process, McCann noted that the City Council election in March of 2020 places a significant marker on the recruitment timeline, and that it is important for the new Council to be in place and to select the new City Manager.
Mayor Wickham expressed the City Council’s strong interest in receiving input from the community on the qualities and skills desired in our next City Manager. “The Council would like for this process to be open, inclusive, and to be informed by community input,” he said. Council will seek comment on desired characteristics and experience for the next City Manager from the community, through a community meeting and an online survey conducted by the recruitment firm.